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Old 06-07-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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I am renting a townhouse and there is a mini backyard in the back. I have 2 little dogs and I was wondering if I would be able to put up a 3 foot tall fence perhaps 6 by 10. Something to put up so they could run around for a few minutes without a leash, of course I would be supervising. Do I need a permit to do this if the owner of the townhouse agrees to the fence?

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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Look for a metal dog run. Something you can assemble/disassemble. No permit would be needed as it's temporary.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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I am renting a townhouse and there is a mini backyard in the back. I have 2 little dogs and I was wondering if I would be able to put up a 3 foot tall fence perhaps 6 by 10. Something to put up so they could run around for a few minutes without a leash, of course I would be supervising. Do I need a permit to do this if the owner of the townhouse agrees to the fence?

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A fence will most definitely require a permit.

It has nothing to do with whether the owner agrees or not.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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I am renting a townhouse and there is a mini backyard in the back. I have 2 little dogs and I was wondering if I would be able to put up a 3 foot tall fence perhaps 6 by 10. Something to put up so they could run around for a few minutes without a leash, of course I would be supervising. Do I need a permit to do this if the owner of the townhouse agrees to the fence?

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In many (maybe even most) townhouse communities, you cannot put up any sort of fence, even if you are the owner. You have to see what the association rules/bylaws say about fences.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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I am renting a townhouse and there is a mini backyard in the back. I have 2 little dogs and I was wondering if I would be able to put up a 3 foot tall fence perhaps 6 by 10. Something to put up so they could run around for a few minutes without a leash, of course I would be supervising. Do I need a permit to do this if the owner of the townhouse agrees to the fence?s
You need a permit to put up a fence. You need a permit for just about every damn thing you do in New Jersey. Some towns require permits for installing dishwashers and hot water heaters. I generally ignore them unless it's visible, but a fence definitely is.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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In many (maybe even most) townhouse communities, you cannot put up any sort of fence, even if you are the owner. You have to see what the association rules/bylaws say about fences.


Bill Keegan has provided the only truly relevant answer.

If anyone is confused about why a townhouse/condo community does not allow fences, ask yourself this question:
How will the landscapers mow the lawns, which are a common area, if those little backyard areas have fences enclosing them?

The OP needs to familiarize himself/herself with the concept of "common areas", and why one resident cannot take it upon himself/herself to erect a fence or do other types of construction in an area that belongs to everyone in the community, and not just to one person.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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... The OP needs to familiarize himself/herself with the concept of "common areas", and why one resident cannot take it upon himself/herself to erect a fence or do other types of construction in an area that belongs to everyone in the community, and not just to one person.
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I am renting a townhouse and there is a mini backyard in the back....
Not all townhouse developments have common lawns. Some belong to the individual home owner from street to alley. OP says there's a "mini backyard", so maybe it's private. I own a rental townhouse that's like that -- front is common area, back is private and fenced.

That said, hopefully there's some kind of homeowners' bylaws that spells out what you can and can't do outside your home. Of course you'd also fall under the terms of your lease.

Even though the back yard has private fence at my rental unit, my previous renters had a small run made from chain link fencing... which reminds me, I've got to go get some new sod from Home Depot.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Central, NJ
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I don't know about the rules of your townhome community. You should start with them, and the then check with your town. In my town and several others I know of you do not need a permit for a fence that's less than 4 feet tall.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Differs from town to town

Woodbridge for instance requires a permit to replace a fence with the exact same style fence..
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Differs from town to town

Woodbridge for instance requires a permit to replace a fence with the exact same style fence..
Do they require a permit to repair a fence, e.g. by replacing all but one fencepost, then replacing that fencepost? :-)
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